Gun, Lyle

Object ID
Distribution and Transportation Artifacts, Water Transportation Accessories
Date Made
This Lyle Gun was manufactured by the Coston Supply Company of New York, probably around 1900.
Place Made
New York USA
This is a line-throwing gun. It is made of brass and features a short-barreled cannon designed to fire a projectile attached to a rope to a boat or victim in distress. The muzzle has a faint engraving "Phila PA" and "HSM US".
Related person/organization
created by: Coston Supply Company
History of Use
The use of cannon ashore and on ship to throw a line and rig a beeches buoy dates to the mid-19th century. David A Lyle, a U.S Army officer, developed the basic pattern for what was known as the "Lyle Gun" in 1878. While manufactured by different companies, the Lyle Gun was a common lifesaving feature in North American from 1878 to 1952.